Possibly W.A. Delamotte, Joe Pullen’s Tree, Oxford - Early 19th-century drawing

An original early 19th-century graphite drawing, Possibly William Alfred Delamotte Joe Pullen’s Tree, Oxford.

This intriguing graphite drawing shows ‘Joe Pullen's Tree,’ an elm at the top of Headington Hill in Oxford, planted in about 1700 and named after the 17th-century Rev Josiah Pullen, Vice Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. The elm became famous, and was known to everyone in Oxford. Around the beginning of 1847 local landowner John Davenport commenced chopping the tree down, but this was halted on account of popular outcry. It was finally cut down due to rot in 1894 and was destroyed by fire in 1909.William Alfred Delmotte (1775–1863) is known to have drawn Joe Pullen's tree. This drawing's resemblance to other works by Delamotte in this collection suggest that it could be by him.

Unsigned. Inscribed verso 'Joe P' and on a separate accompanying fragment of paper.
In good condition for its age. Some minor age toning, as shown. There is minor glue staining around the edges verso from historically being laid down, which does not affect the front image.
11.5cm x 16cm.

This work is from a fascinating collection of pictures we have for sale that are deeply entwined with the artistic worlds of 19th-century Oxford. The city’s romantic dreaming spires have inspired architectural draughtsman over the centuries, and this collection includes views of the university’s colleges as well as landmarks around the city and Oxfordshire more generally. The collection comprises works by a number of highly regarded artists, including drawings by William Turner of Oxford and William Alfred Delamotte, and paintings by Frederick Mackenzie OWS, and stained glass artist Augustine Joseph Mingaye Richardson and his sister Rosa Mingaye. With its architectural emphasis, it appears that the collection may have been in the possession of either the artistic Mingaye Richardson family or the Delamotte family: the collection also includes a number of intriguing albumen prints of architectural subjects, with high artistic merit, which bear striking similarity to the work of early photographer Philip Henry Delamotte – son of William Alfred Delamotte.

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Product code: JJ-559

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